Blogging, forums, chat rooms, gaming, streaming TV, IM, twitter, Skype… You could spend 24/7 in front of your monitor! Being a web worker only adds to the problem of never letting go.
We’re all becoming increasingly sedentary and our health is suffering as a result. We’ve just got to get more exercise. 30 minutes of brisk walking is recommended, but how do we fit this into our busy schedule.
Here’s a tip. Download your favourite tech podcasts to your mp3 player and take them on the road – literally! You don’t have to sit in front of the computer to listen to a podcast. You don’t actually have to be in the chat either when the podcast is going out live. Seriously, this is a great chance to get out and do 30-40 minutes of brisk walking – and you’ll feel much better after it.
I’ve been won over to this routine and actually look forward to my daily walk. If you’ve got an hour for lunch, spend half an hour walking first. Don’t quit if it’s raining. Get your umbrella or waterproof and get going.
Coincidentally, I’ve just listened to Stephen Fry’s first Podgram, Broken Arm, and at the end he mentions podcasts and brisk walking. So it must be right.
You know it makes sense!